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More Women in the Kitchen

Response to our profiles of four women who have shaped the way Austin eats and our list of working local female chefs has been very interesting. Some readers questioned why the feature wasn't more comprehensive in its coverage of women who have made contributions to the local food scene. The simple answer is that writer Ronna Welsh chose to limit her piece to four subjects. Other readers e-mailed me with names of working women chefs that we'd managed to miss and those names are very welcome. Others were curious as to why we hadn't listed women who have created local food companies or are restaurateurs but not cooks. I considered all of the above when I sat down to write that list, but where to start? Should the list begin with quintessential Texas hostess Mary Faulk Koock, who turned her ancestral home into Green Pastures in the Fifties, or the legendary Helen Corbitt, who took up residence in the Driskill Hotel from 1961-1964 to cook for the Johnson family? Or should it start with Virginia Daugherty and Maudie Hamilton, who both opened popular cafes during the same time period? A list starting in the late Seventies would begin with Ann Clark's groundbreaking La Bonne Cuisine Cooking School and Martha Rose Schulman's popular vegetarian supper club. What about a starting point of 1980, the year Judy Wilcott founded Texas French Bread by supplying baguettes to Jeffrey's? Other food businesswomen of the Eighties: GourmetGals Betsy Nozick and Tricia Henry; Janie Breed, creator of Austin's first gourmet deli/ bakery, the Kitchen Door; Cecilia Cook of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Catering; Jeffrey's first pastry chef Marilyn Scher; frequent temple caterer Sarah Sutton; and trailblazing Sixth Street restaurateur Alana Mora. Here's an amended list of female chefs, restaurateurs, and food business owners. If we missed someone this time, just shoot me.

Rebecca Wallace, executive chef/co-owner, Word of Mouth Catering
Rosalind Martin, executive chef, the Summit
Romina Derra, gelataia e pasticcera, Milano's
Concetta Mastroianni, gelataia e pasticcera, Dolce Vita
Alba Estenoz, pastry chef, Shoreline Grill
Mary Hall Rodman, chef/co-owner, High Life Cafe
Shirley Slaughter, pastry chef/owner, Shirley's Cakes
Amy Miller, owner, Amy's Ice Cream
Penny McConnell, owner, Penny's Pastries
Marta Guzman, owner, International Delights (Marta's Flan)
Sharon Gerhardt, co-owner, Ella's Restaurant
Ernestine Galindo, owner, El Galindo
Lana Weill, owner, Lana's Eggrolls
Brigid Abdenour, chef/co-owner, Tom's Tabooley
Luba Sinclair, chef/owner, Eat Your Greens
Lauri and Carol Raymond, co-owners, Sisters and Co. (salad dressings)
Cynthia and Lydia Perez, co-owners, Las Manitas
Maria Corbalan, owner, Taco Xpress
Sharon Watkins, co-owner, Chez Zee
Dorsey Barger, co-owner, East Side Cafe
Cara O'Brien, co-owner, Si Bon
Peggy Weiss, co-owner, Jeffrey's, Shoreline Grill
Erica Brown, co-owner, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Zoot, Dolce Vita, Manga
Amelia Rey-Shannon, co-owner, Austin Java Company
Theresa Mertens, co-owner, Austin Land & Cattle Company
Jennifer Koury, co-owner, Manuel's, Changos
Sybile Rochambeau, co-owner, Chez Nous
Denise Salles, co-owner, Jean-Luc's French Bistro
Suzi Yi, co-owner, Suzi's China Kitchen, Suzi's China Grill
Carol Buchanan, co-owner, Assorted Affairs Catering
Evelyn Talmadge, co-owner, Captain Quackenbush's
Carol Ann Sayle, co-owner, Boggy Creek Farm
Sarah Bolton, cheesemaker/co-owner, Pure Luck Organics, Dripping Springs
Jonnie Stansbury, chef/innkeeper, Blair House Inn, Wimberley
Anne Welch, winemaker, Hill Country Cellars, Cedar Park

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